Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Dennis Lillee

By June 04, 2020
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If you are named to Australia’s greatest ever One-Day International team, then chances are, you’re one of the greatest ODI teams of all time. Australia are the team to have won the most ICC World Cups and undoubtedly have the most pedigree as an ODI team. Pacer Dennis Lillee played no small part in building that pedigree.

Lillee was considered a complete bowler. Initially, he bowled with frightening pace but a spinal stress fracture, which many thought would have ended his career, only managed to slow him.

Slower, Lillee was still incredibly dangerous. Now he had variations in pace, length and movement and he still was no slouch. Now, in addition to his standard outswinger, Lillee had introduced a change of pace, a yorker, leg and offcutters, a fast bouncer and a slow one to boot.

Those tools served him well in the ODI arena where he took 103 wickets in just 63 games at an average of 20.82.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Dennis Keith Lillee

Born: July 18, 1949 (age 70), Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia

Major teams: Australia, Northamptonshire, Tasmania, Western Australia

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast

 

ODI Career: Australia (1972-1983)

Mat    Inns    Balls   Runs    Wkts   BBI     BBM    Ave     Econ   SR      4w     5w     10w

63         63     3593   2145     103    5/34     5/34    20.82   3.58    34.8     5       1         0

 

Career Highlights

  • First to take a 5-for in ODIs
  • First to take 50 and 100 wickets in ODIs
  • Named as a bowler in Australia's "greatest ever ODI team"
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